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US 98 from US 27 to East of Airport Road

Project Development & Environment Study

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Public involvement is an integral part of the US 98 Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study. FDOT used several activities to engage interested parties in the study process, including small group meetings, an alternatives public meeting and a formal public hearing.

The department held meetings with agencies and stakeholders throughout the study. These meetings will assist the project team with identifying issues, opportunities, and potential transportation solutions for the corridor. Throughout the study process, FDOT will provide presentations to various organizations and interested citizens may request a presentation to their group or organization.

Project Newsletters
FDOT mailed project newsletters throughout this study to keep the public informed.

  August 2012 Newsletter   April 2013 Newsletter
October 2013 Newsletter
August 2017 Newsletter


Project Documents and Presentations
Project documents and presentations were added to the website as we progressed though the study. Click on the link(s) below to open and view the documents.

  Highland BoCC Presentation April 2013   Highlands BoCC Presentation November 2013
Heartland TPO Presentation June 2016
Heartland TPO Presentation August 2016
  Heartland TPO Presentation September 2016      


Final Approved Documents
Below are the final approved documents for the PD&E study.

  Final Categorical Exclusion (CE)   Final Preliminary Engineering Report


Public Hearing
FDOT held a public hearing for this study on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at Chateau Elan in Sebring. The hearing began with an open house at 6 p.m. and followed with a formal presentation and public comment period at 7 p.m.

The study team presented the recommended widening option and alignment alternative for US 98 at this hearing. FDOT invited the public to attend the hearing and take the opportunity to give public testimony regarding proposed improvements. The department made a final decision on the basis of these recommendations - since the public has had an opportunity to review and comment on the recommended alternative.

Please see the project documents below and the hearing materials.


Hearing Video

Please click below to view the video from the public hearing:

Hearing Handout    
Hearing Display Boards
  Project Location Map Evaluation Matrix
Project Schedule
Study Schedule
Typical Section
Floodplains Map

Recommended Alignment Roll Plot (Large File)


Project Documents (Note: Large files)

Preliminary Engineering Report
Pond Siting Report
Location Hydraulic Report
Recommended Alternative Concept Plans
Traffic Tech Memo
Contamination Screening Evaluation Report (CSER)
Cultural Resources Assessment Survey (CRAS)
Endangered Species Biological Assessment
Noise Study Report
Wetlands Evaluation Report


FDOT welcomes and appreciates everyone's participation in this project .This hearing is developed in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.


Public Information Workshop
FDOT held a public information workshop from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at the Chateau Elan, 150 Midway Drive, Sebring, FL 33870. This public information workshop gave interested parties the opportunity to express their views about the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study for the proposed widening of US 98. The public had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with the project team members, review project plans, and aerial displays. With input received at the public meeting, FDOT selected a recommended alternative.

Workshop Video

Please click below to view the video from the alternatives public meeting:

 Workshop Handout    

Workshop Display Boards

  Project Location Map Evaluation Matrix
Study Schedule

Project Schedule

Typical Section - Rural East
Typical Section - Rural West
  Typical Section - Suburban    

Alternative 1 Roll Plot (Large File)

Alternative 2 Roll Plot (Large File)

The environmental review, consultation, and other actiosn required by the applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by the FDOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. §327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 14, 2016 and executed by the Federal Highway Administration and FDOT.

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